Tomorrowâ€™s game has the elements of being a classic game of attacking football from both sides.
Of course Newcastle will be trying to make it 4 wins in a row and will have a stern test at Fratton Park.
They will also be trying to level the score with getting walloped 4-1 at St. Jamesâ€™ Park last November, when as we all know, we conceded 3 goals in the first 11 minutes and Cacapa was replaced after just 16 minutes, in a tactical move. That was to save Claudio further embarrassment.
Portsmouth are playing at home for the first time since reaching the FA Cup Final be beating West Bromwich 1-0 and also beating West Ham United on Tuesday night at Upton Park, so in a lot of ways they will be welcome by the Pompey fans as conquering heroes.
We expect Keegan to send in an unchanged side against Portsmouth tomorrow, with perhaps Steven Taylor regaining his place in central defense at the expense of David Edgar.
Beye Faye Taylor Enrique
Geremi Barton Butt
Martins Viduka Owen
Subs: Forster Edgar Smith Nâ€™Zogbia Carroll
We think it will be important tomorrow for Newcastle to start off fast. Last week against Reading they were very sluggish, and a better team like Portsmouth, will take advantage of any sloppy play early in the game.
Newcastleâ€™s defense will need to be on form and if we can produce the overall form we showed against Tottenham at White Hart Lane a couple of weeks ago, weâ€™ll have a good chance of capturing all 3 points.
But if we play like we did last week, especially in the first half, that 4th successive win may prove elusive.
But the bottom line is we are looking forward to a good game, and with a little bit of luck, we can capture all 3 points tomorrow.
What do you think?
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